New York Natural Heritage Program
An Apamea Moth
Apamea burgessi (Morrison, 1874)

Threats [-]
This moth is documented in the dwarf pine barrens of Long Island where fire is necessary to maintain the habitat. Suppressing fire in naturally fire-maintained habitats such as pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and allowing habitat succession may eliminate habitat for this moth that feeds on grasses. However, this moth also occurs in other habitats on Long Island, and thus it is not a barrens specialist. In other areas, over grazing by livestock may be a threat; otherwise, livestock grazing may help maintain habitat. Elimination and fragmentation of habitat by commercial and residential development are additional threats.

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Areas where this moth has been found need to be evaluated to avoid additional encroachment or fragmentation by development. Periodic controlled burns, mechanical management, or grazing is needed to maintain several natural communities where it occurs. Minimizing lighting to maintain dark sky conditions would also be beneficial.